About the Program
Our Progressive Division is designed to support each student as they grow and develop technique and artistry. Each successive class level expands on the ballet curriculum as well as the supplemental dance styles that provide a well-rounded dance education. With this progressive curriculum, a higher level of commitment is required as each dancer moves up from Level I to Level VI. Attendance is mandatory for all scheduled classes in order to safely and successfully progress through the curriculum.
Classes range from two to four days per week, each lasting 60 to 120 minutes in length. Some days students will have more than one class.
Advancement: Advancement through the levels of the Progressive Division is at the discretion of the faculty and director. It is based on many factors including attendance, physical strength and development, musicality, and body awareness. This is for the safety and well-being of each student.
NEW students 9+ years old:
New students to The Academy at Terpsicorps who are 9 and older will need to do a placement/trial class. Placement is at the discretion of the faculty and director and is for the safety and well-being of each student.
*Level I (8+ year olds):
Level I is designed to introduce students to the structure of a full ballet class. The vocabulary and exercises learned in this level will set the students up for success through the rest of the Progressive Division. It is highly recommended they attend two days a week.
Attending only one day a week is possible, but not recommended. The students who choose the option of one day a week will not have the repetition to reinforce vocabulary and develop strength that is important at this age.
In addition to a Ballet technique class, each day the students will have a supplemental class in either “Global Grooves: jazz/hiphop” or Modern:
Tuesday Level I students will have Ballet Technique and then Global Grooves: jazz/hiphop
Thursday Level I students will have Modern and then ballet technique
Students do not have to enroll in Level I ballet class in order to enroll in the Jazz or Modern class. Click here to read more about our Elective Division.
Level IV is an important year developmentally for the young dancer. The vocabulary and exercises learned in this level will prepare students to begin dancing on pointe. Consistency is key in developing the strength necessary to safely begin pointe. It is highly recommended students attend four days a week.
In addition to a ballet technique class, each day the students will have a supplemental class in either Pre-Pointe/Conditioning, Global Grooves: jazz/hiphop, or Modern.
If attending four days a week is not possible, students are required to attend three days a week. When registering the students will sign up for the specific days they will attend. Wednesdays are required for all Level IV students.
Students can add-on an Improv/Choreography class on Wednesday evenings after their ballet technique class.
Students do not have to enroll in Level IV in order to enroll in the Improv/Choreography, Global Grooves: jazz/hiphop, or Modern classes. Click here to read more about our Elective Division.
The Academy at Terpsicorps adheres to a uniform dress code. Wearing a uniform ensures students are dressed safely to participate in class without distraction. It also gives students a sense of discipline and decorum while encouraging a greater sense of community.
Students should be dressed neatly in their uniform with their hair secured tightly up and away from their face and neck. No extra clothes (sweaters, legwarmers, etc) and no dangling jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, dangly earrings) should be worn.
Uniform assignments correlate with the division tiers within the school. Footwear and tights can be purchased locally at the Sock Basket. Please contact them for store hours and availability. Leotards can be purchased directly from our vendor website. Once you register for class you will receive an email with school policies and procedures. In this email you will receive a discount code to take a portion off the retail price.
Ballet: Princess seemed tank leotard with pinched front, mid-back in Navy
Modern: Academy leotard with either convertible tights or black leggings
Global Grooves: hiphop/jazz: Leotard not required. Please wear sneakers (or jazz shoes) and comfortable clothes that cover knees, since select classes may involve kneeling or sliding, depending upon the week.